GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Brazil lost all three games it played during Pool A competition in the World Baseball Classic, including the game against Cuba started by Andre Rienzo. But the White Sox Minor League prospect enjoyed the time in Japan playing for his country.
"It was great to be there," said Rienzo, who returned to White Sox camp Friday. "I was hoping to stay more time, but it was a great experience, great teammates. I played with my friends and I'm glad to be part of it."
Rienzo no-hit Cuba for four innings before giving up two runs in the fifth. He allowed two runs on one hit and four walks over 4 2/3 innings, striking out two, and taking the loss. Pitching coach Don Cooper has talked about getting Rienzo back on the mound as soon as possible.
"Cuba and Japan are great teams," Rienzo said. "I just wanted to help Brazil to win."
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.